(Mis)governance and the Arab Crisis

Published on Greater Kashmir, by AIJAZ ASHRAF WANI, April 8, 2011.

Some of the primary characteristics of Failed States, writes Noam Chomsky, are:

  • (a) their inability or unwillingness to protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction,
  • (b) their tendency to regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and
  • (c) if they have democratic forms, they suffer from a serious “democratic deficit” that deprives their formal democratic institutions of real substance.

Over the decades most of the Arab states have only witnessed authoritarianism, denial of democracy and mis-governance. The present crisis that the Arab world is going through is actually the outcome of mis-governance by the power hungry dictators turning these countries into Failed States and now into battle fields. Syria, Egypt and Libya are perfect case studies in this regard … (full text).


Watch this video Arab Dictators & Western Complicity, published on Zvideo, 5.32 min,
by Noam Chomsky, April 07, 2011

Read also Noam Chomsky: On the Situation in Africa and the Middle East, published on Infoshop News, March 27, 2011:
The source of the crisis in the Arab world goes back very far and it’s similar to what we find in the formerly colonized world. Actually it was expressed rather clearly in the 1950’s by President Eisenhower and his staff. He was holding an internal discussion which has been declassified since. Eisenhower asked his staff why there is, what he called a “campaign of hatred” against us in the Arab world. Not among the governments, which are more or less docile, but among the people …

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